Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

(General Surgery)

New Regulations from 2014


Notice to candidates:


From August 2014 the  Membership examination  will be held under new regulations.

The syllabus remains unchanged.  The content of the examination also remains largely unchanged. 


Parts 1 & 2 have been replaced by one examination, now known as Part A.  Part A consists of 2 papers  Paper 1 (Applied Basic Science) is an MCQ with Single Best Answer format and Paper 2 (Principles of Surgery-in-General) is an MCQ  normally comprising Extended Matching Questions. Both papers are conducted on the same day.


Part A

Part A is common to all four Surgical Royal Colleges of Ireland and the United Kingdom.  The examination is held on the same day and time at all venues.


Part B

Part B consists of an 20 stations OSCE format circuit ( 18 manned and 2 unmanned)  of 9+1 minutes at each station. Candidates will be assessed  on basic sciences, communication skills, surgical skills and clinical acumen. This examination will be conducted in a single day.



Dates and venues of the examinations are available at the RCSI website, and also on



Prof Premnath

Director of Surgical Training

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Penang Medical College

August 2014